The braking system relies on friction to help it slow the momentum of the wheels to bring the vehicle to a stop, produced by the cooperation of brake components such as the Ford brake caliper, brake pads, and the brake disc. The brake system uses pressure from hydraulic fluid to operate these components, applied to the piston in the Ford brake caliper. This pressure on the piston causes the brake pads to move inwards, squeezing the brake disc between them. The brake pads are lined with a friction compound to grip both sides of the brake disc firmly, producing the friction necessary to bring the motion of the wheels to a stop. These parts must work together smoothly in order to produce safe and efficient braking. If there is a malfunction in any of these parts, such as a Ford caliper that has become seized from corrosion, the braking performance can be severely affected. Braking distances can become longer, or the vehicle may pull sharply to one side as the brakes are applied, making it difficult to control. A leak in the hydraulic system can cause the Ford brake caliper to operate less efficiently, leaving it without enough fluid pressure to cause the brake pads to move into contact with the brake disc, or to retract away from the disc when the brake is released. If the Ford brake caliper is not performing as it should, the brake pads may become worn prematurely or the brake disc can overheat and warp. We carry a selection of Ford brake caliper replacement parts in our user-friendly online catalog. Our site is secure for easy and safe ordering or our toll-free phone line can take your Ford brake caliper order just as conveniently.
Helpful Tips to Keep Your Ford Brake Caliper in Great Form
As part of your Ford vehicle's braking system, the brake caliper is an essential component that presses on the brake pad against the surface of brake disc to slow or stop your vehicle. Keeping your Ford brake caliper in great condition ensures safety of passengers as well as keeps your ride in a stylish trend. Here are some helpful tips and reminders to maintain your calipers in top shape.
With their work nature and location, it is natural for brake calipers to get greasy and dirty over time. When cleaning your Ford brake caliper, you may use a jack to raise the vehicle and take out the caliper. Make sure you do not twist or damage the brake line when you are trying to free the caliper. Use brake fluid and a scrub sheet to remove the grease and tough dirt on the piston. For cleaning the caliper, also use brake fluid and a wire brush instead. This will help remove oil and grime better. An old toothbrush can be used for small areas. When doing cleaning tasks, it is best to work in a well-ventilated space.
For a brake caliper to perform its best, the slide pins must also be checked, serviced, and cleaned. Use brake grease to clean these pins. After lubricating the pins, push them back and forth a few times to make certain that the lubricant is smeared sufficiently and there is no sticking. For guide pins on floating brake calipers, these pins are cleaned using solvent and new caliper-specific grease. In addition, lubricate the metal slides between the caliper, the mount, and other areas where they contact the brake pad ears.
Other than for aesthetic purposes, painting your Ford brake caliper can also give additional protection and coating against rust and corrosion. Before starting to paint your calipers, make sure to clean them thoroughly and spray on some brake cleaner. You might also want to tape off the areas you do not want to get painted. Whether you will use a brush or spray paint, it is best to put on a number of coats for long-lasting protection.
- Check for proper installation.
Especially for DIYers, it is common to make some mistakes when installing or putting back the brake calipers. Installing them improperly can damage not only the caliper itself but also other parts of the braking system, and this can lead to major problems such as a soft pedal or a breakdown.
Other cleaning reminders
As most vehicle tune-up and maintenance routines do not include cleaning the brake calipers except when the brake pads need to be replaced or there is a problem with the piston, make sure to have the calipers checked not only the shiny parts that are easily seen but also the elements inside. Additionally, after applying the solvent when cleaning, do not use the drill as the solvent is flammable and can set off sparks. Keep the solvent away from brake lines and cylinders to avoid damaging them.